New restaurant opens in Culver
A new season, a new restaurant. Officially opening their doors for business on May 6, Juniper Cove Bar and Grill in Culver is ready to address the appetites of that community and beyond.
With everything from French dip sandwiches to their signature burgers, the restaurant offers a mix of a nice steak dinners but also simpler meals like chicken strips and fries.
"We are definitely not fast food," said Jason Eichholz, mentioning they don't take a long time, but they are a sit-down restaurant for sure.
A self-taught chef and the executive chef at Juniper Cove, Eichholz, used to commute to the Inn at Seventh Mountain Resort, about 50 miles one way, to cook for the resort. Now the Culver resident gets to stay close to home while still getting to do what he loves.
"I've been handling food since I was 14," he said. "It's a passion, it's what I do and the paycheck is a bonus for me, I just like to cook food."
Eichholz said the staff, both front of house and back of house, have been working hard in these past weeks to work out all of the kinks that come with opening a new restaurant. He wants to make sure that the quality of the food stands out, for example, the restaurant never freezes their burgers or steaks.
As far as kinks are concerned, the main problem they had was figuring out which products worked best to make different menu items. He said, for the most part, they have fixed the small issue and settled on the products that seem to work the best.
Overall, business has been going well according to Eichholz. A step into the place on a Friday night shows nearly every table with guests enjoying food, drinks and conversation.
"We are definitely not a bar, we are a restaurant that liquor," he said, noting that the goal is to create a family space in the community.
Michelle and Bill Doty along with their daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Justin Turpin, own the new family dining spot and, according to Michelle Doty, they are truly hoping to create a family friendly sit-down restaurant in the small town. She said it is important to them to stress that they are family friendly.
For the four owners, the location of the restaurant felt just right and the timing fit perfectly.
Doty said that the four had been wanting to open another restaurant, but they hadn't been able to find the right space to do so where they were looking in Redmond.
The Turpins own the Double J Saloon, in downtown Redmond, but it wasn't always a bar, Doty said. She originally ran a deli style restaurant and catering business out of the building, but decided to close the restaurant when Doty's catering business began to take off and they just focused on that.
Today, Doty works mainly in adult foster care, but opening another restaurant was something they had wanted to do, and her daughter and son in law were looking to branch out as well.
Last year, Doty said, the four of them were driving home from camping at Cove Palisades State Park in two separate vehicles when her daughter looked over and noticed the for sale sign on the building that is now Juniper Cove. Turpin honked at her mom and pointed out the window at the building. Not long after, the four toured the space and ended up purchasing the building in July of 2018.
They spent months updating and repairing the restaurant and finally opened about a month ago.
Doty noted that they were excited about the location, because although they don't live in Culver they have family who live in town and have spent time over the years attending sporting events and other school activities for some of their grandkids in Culver. She said they really feel like they have somewhat of a place in the community already and they are excited to grow that with the restaurant.
Located just off Culver Highway, across C Street from Beetle Bailey's, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant offers daily specials and a kids menu.
Specials include, meat loaf Mondays, taco Tuesdays, wing Wednesdays, prime rib on Thursdays, hand-cut fish and chips on Fridays, Chef's choice on Saturdays, spaghetti on Sundays and other specials throughout the week.